Hail the God-Emperor

December 9th, 2017

It’s Hip to be Square

November 27th, 2017

Stephen Gaskin was a breath of fresh air in the San Francisco 60s Haight Ashbury. In an acid-fueled youth revolution against the entire square universe, he, with full acid credentials, preached common sense, traditional, square values.

Monogamy, hard work, no welfare, anti-abortion, no alcohol, tobacco, or hard drugs, not even synthetic psychedelics. Connect with your parents, discipline your children, be honest. Take care of yourself and help others.

That message was desperately needed in those times, in that place, for all those young people like myself.

But then he took it too far. He sought, was granted, and accepted, the mantle of a fully enlightened master who could do no wrong.

He exercised that power to create a community in which he dictated, in fine detail, dress, diet, language, sex, child-rearing, politics, economics, marriage, and hair style.

Without the exercise of that kind of absolute power, the Farm would not have been possible. Would that have been a bad thing?

Had Stephen Gaskin been content to just be a normal fallible human being with some good insights, he could have done a lot of good for the young people caught up in the psychedelic maelstrom that was San Francisco in 1967.

Instead he went for the delusion of grandeur. We could have done worse of course. He was, admittedly a cut above the other hustlers like Timothy Leary, Baba Ram Dass, Trungpa, Rajneesh, Yogi Bhajan, Maharishi, and all the rest.

I tell myself that Stephen saved me from doing something even more stupid.

Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda?

October 27th, 2017

As a young man, and even not such a young man, I believed and did the opposite of what a sensible person would believe and do.

I believed that it was wrong to want money and success, so I avoided them both as if they were diseases.

I believed that it was phony to do things and be a certain way in order to make people like me. So I was obnoxious as a matter of principle.

I believed that the smart thing to do was to take vast quantities of psychedelic substances like LSD, psilocybin, mescaline, peyote, mushrooms, morning glory seeds, and of course weed.

As a result I am not rich or successful. I have few friends. And the flashbacks just won’t stop!

Looking back, I wonder, what if I had not done the opposite of what a sensible person would do? I would almost certainly be very well off financially. I would probably be recognized for my accomplishments with some awards and such. I would have many friends. I would have the unanimous love and respect of my family.

But of course I would be a very different person than I am now, with completely different experiences. Would I trade?

Nah.

Success like Failure

October 13th, 2017

Those at the highest pinnacles of wealth and power, and those in the lowest troughs, seem to share a tendency towards indulgence of their most animalistic tendencies. From Harvey Weinstein and William Jefferson Clinton, to Kentucky meth labs and black market oxycontin.

Apparently only those in the middle, the bourgeois, Christians especially, make any effort to curtail and contain themselves.

“There’s no success like failure, and failure’s no success at all.”
-Bob Dylan

Psst, Hot Info

August 16th, 2017

Listening to NPR (Commie radio) on the way to pick up a bottle of wine. They’re talking about the resurgence of tuberculosis in the U.S. They talk about the large number of people who are TB carriers but don’t exhibit any symptoms.

The piece goes on and I’m waiting for the punch line. Finally, at the very end of a list of possible causes, they barely, grudgingly, mention “people from other countries.”

Of course that is the whole story. There are the beginnings of a TB epidemic in the U.S. because of the large number of immigrants, illegal and legal, from countries where being a TB carrier is more common than not. I’ve been to China. In China most people are TB carriers.

They buried the lede because they are afraid of, and agree with, political correctness. Immigrants cannot possibly be a problem. The news dispensed from the major news outlets has become so distorted that it is of almost no use for getting actual information about what is really going on.

And so we are forced to seek out disreputable sources of information in dark alleys. Twitter, Conspiracy theorists, Alt (gasp) Right, Black Lives Matter, Scientology, the President of the United States. You can’t trust anyone, but if you’re thirsting for knowledge, the real skinny, you may have to associate with some pretty sketchy characters.

Nobody is going to filter it for you. Walter Cronkite is dead. You are on your own.

Out with the Old, In with the New

August 10th, 2017

As the old morality recedes, the new PC morality replaces it, with a vengeance.

Gone are any serious concerns about pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath and sloth. In the current Presidential election, both contenders each exhibited at least four of the seven deadly sins. Nobody cares.

Today the seven deadly sins are racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamaphobia, transphobia, climate change denial, and fat shaming.

The penalties for transgression are pretty much the same as ever: ostracism, loss of livelihood, expulsion from polite society, loss of friends, etc. Fortunately, burning at the stake has not yet been brought back into vogue.

Crazy/Incompetent/Hitler/Racist/Treasonous

August 5th, 2017

It very well may be that Trump is crazy/incompetent/Hitler/racist/treasonous as they say. There is no way for you and I to know for sure really. You just have to play the odds. Myself, I am heartened. He is doing even better than I had hoped for, near as I can tell.

Keep the Faith

August 5th, 2017

You have to understand that the media will never, under any circumstances, ever, say that President Trump has done something right. No matter what. Ever.

Given that, you have to calibrate how this unceasing barrage of negative propaganda affects you, and everybody else.

Trump is accomplishing a lot, and this is just the beginning. There is much more to come. He is not going to be impeached. He is not going to resign. There is no Russian collusion. The Republicans will do just fine in the 2018 elections.

As Richard Nixon would say, keep the faith.

Free Health Care

July 8th, 2017

Formula for providing universal health care:

1. Be a free rider on American innovation in medical technology and drugs.

2. Have America provide for your defense so you don’t have to spend money on that.

3. Take over 50% of people’s income in taxes.

4. Ration care. Have the government decide who gets what treatments when.

Voila! “Free” health care for everyone!

The Dark Side

July 6th, 2017

The pull of the dark side, death, evil, whatever you call it, is strong. I was listening on Apple Music, for old time’s sake, to the Jerry Garcia solo albums. Beautiful and dark. Jerry was drawn towards the dark. He sang about his own coming death. Not just Jerry, but the Stones, even the Beatles and Dylan, from time to time, couldn’t help being seduced.

We are all so drawn, I think. There is something seductive, beautiful in its own way, of the rebellion against the light. It is difficult to resist. It is the original sin. It is ISIS.

On my one and only ayahuasca journey, I experienced a vision of ultimate evil. It was like an infinite wall of images of absolute horror, death, and evil. My immediate reaction was shock and fear.

When I was able to gather myself and draw back, I was suddenly struck by how incredibly beautiful the vision was, in spite of being an avalanche of horror. As soon as that happened, it all changed, to the most heavenly vision imaginable. Beauty and love without end.

There is a raging cosmic war being waged for possession of our human souls. We ignore the reality of this war at our ultimate peril.